Hustle: The Complete Season 1
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The art of the con is not dead. You merely can not see it. If you do see it, then it is inevitably always too late. It is an invisible crime built on the premise of finding someone who wants something for nothing and then giving them nothing for something. Choose the mark, reel them in, play on their desires and set them up. It does not matter whether they are black or white, male of female but they must be strictly major league. There are no quick fixes. Patience is truly a virtue in this game. All you have to do is make them believe.]]>
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"Hustle" succeeds by having a talented and appealing cast. Not only do you like everyone, you root for them. Robert Vaughn is the show's biggest name, and here he plays the mastermind who often lures the victims to their eventual undoing. Adrian Lester is the group's leader, a legendary con man recently released from prison. Marc Warren provides much of the comedic relief as Danny Blue--a young, irreverent newcomer who challenges and frustrates the others. The funniest moments generally involve Lester and Warren going head-to-head, each always trying to outdo the other. The team is rounded out by Jaime Murray (the bombshell) and Robert Glenister (the tech expert).
The tone of "Hustle" is light and the pace is fast. It is easy to enjoy the antics within the program and to be amused by the scenarios. The cons themselves, however, are fairly familiar territory for those who follow this type of entertainment. While I was entertained consistently, I was rarely surprised. And while this may sound like a large problem, it's not.Read more ›
However, three of the four remaining episodes (all but the weak second ep) are very good indeed. At its best, the show has the feel of a breezy "Mission: Impossible" with more interesting characters.
If you're discovering this show for the first time, start with Season 2.
Hustle follows a crew of grifters including legendary con-man Michael "Mickey Bricks" Stone (Adrian Lester), Danny Blue (Marc Warren), Stacie Monroe (Jaime Murray), Ash Morgan (Robert Glenister), and Albert Stroller (American acting legend Robert Vaughn) as they pick up the big con game again after a long haitus during which Mickey was in prison. Danny, an untried novice, is the newest addition to the crew - with some hesitation. Each of them has their particular jobs to do - Mickey and Danny work the inside to convince their marks, Ash is the man who can get or make anything, Albert is the roper who brings the marks in, and Stacie plays convincing backup parts, as well as lending her expertise as a pick-pocket. Working as a family unit, these grifters struggle to make ends meet while pulling cons and taking scores off of those wealthy they deem deserving of comeuppance.
This series is a treat. Unlike most American crime shows, where the focus is on the dark and depressing reality and violence of the streets, Hustle is a refreshing tale of modern-day Robin Hoods staying just one step ahead of the law - and their marks. The emphasis here is on fun. The music is light (a bouncy sort of techno-jazz), the dialogue crisp, and the atmosphere humorous. These are characters, and a show, that you will quickly grow to love and return to again and again.Read more ›
Hustle is beautifully shot so that each episode is like a slickly produced mini-movie - imagine Ocean's Eleven: The Movie. The show uses freeze frames, messes with camera speeds, uses inventive camera angles and even has a character break the fourth wall and address the camera or otherwise call attention to the fact that we're watching a television program.
The show examines what motivates these grifters. Sure, it's the thrill and challenge of fleecing some rich mark but it is also avoiding the drudgery of working a boring, soulless 9 to 5 job. These people are keen observers of human nature. They know how to gain someone's confidence and take their money while avoiding being caught by the victim and the authorities. And in a refreshing change of pace, this group doesn't always succeed every time out and we see what happens when a mark gets wise when one of the con artists screws up. As Hustle progresses through this first season, it gradually delves more into the personal lives of the main characters and their inter-personal relationships.
The first disc includes "Assembling the Team Part 1," a making of featurette. This extra goes through the show's origins, casting and characters with the cast talking about working with each other in a very informative way that is great for those new to this show.
The second disc features the second part to "Assembling the Team" with each of the main cast members gush about each other in this engaging look at how this show came together.
Finally, there are well-written biographies on the main cast members.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this series but can understand why it went off the air as they just ran out of "cons". Read morePublished 17 months ago by Patricia
I have one tiny jibe at this first season which is that the final episode is a dead swipe from a famous American movie starring Newman and Redford. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by That's Life
If you enjoyed the Ocean's 11, 12, 13 series of movies, check out this British tv series. Great writing, great actors, great fun.Published on November 29, 2012 by JD
I was watching Leverage: The First Season on TNT when my attention was drawn to Hustle. I love watching Leverage - the characters are fun to watch and some cons are really... Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by sikka
I've said it before and I'll say again, British cinema does more with less. Hustle is one of my favorite series. I've watched seasons 1-3 and I've loved every episode. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by Dextra L. Suggs
What can I say - The cast of characters is supurb, the story lines are ingenious, and the watcher gets conned somewhere along the way. Read morePublished on January 28, 2008 by Diane L. Mcmullen